OPW honoured with award for management of Phoenix Park Deer

9 March 16

On Saturday 5th March 2016, the OPW was awarded with the John Nicholson Perpetual Trophy from The Irish Deer Society. Margaret Gormley, Chief Parks Superintendent with OPW accepted the award on behalf of the Deer Management Team in the Park from the President of The Irish Deer Society, Liam McGarry. The trophy is the highest honour from the society and is awarded for meritorious service in the welfare, conservation, management and protection of Deer in Ireland.

The Irish Deer Society was established in 1968 to monitor legislation and activities of organizations and agencies that may impact on deer, their habitat and management practices. They are devoted to improving the welfare of wild deer in Ireland and recognise and accept that this may involve culling for the greater good of the overall herd. Previous winners of the John Nicholson Perpetual Trophy include Frank Rowan and the Northern Ireland Forest Service.

For further information please contact Colette Davis, OPW Press Officer – mobile 087 947 5552 or email colette.davis@opw.ie

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Deer Award 2016

  • Margaret Gormley, Chief Parks Superintendent, OPW and Liam McGarry, President of Irish Deer Society.

A herd of Fallow Deer has lived in the Phoenix Park since 1662 since their introduction by King Charles II. The herd is maintained at about 500. The male deer is called the Buck, the female is the Doe and the young are called fawns. They are an integral part of a complex of ancient pastures and woodlands that are of major historical, ecological and amenity value to the city of Dublin. They are of national and international importance.